Can I Bath My Smelly Chihuahua With Human Shampoo?

chihuahua dog shampoo It may be convenient and cost effective to share the human shampoo with your Chihuahuas. However, it may have costly consequences that you want to know.

Human Skin and Dog’s Skin – pH Level

The pH level (or acidity level) of human skin is very different to that of dog skin. According to, the human skin has pH level of around 5.2 to 6.2 which is on the acidic side while the pH level of dog’s skin is toward alkaline level ranging between 5.5 and 7.5.

“if a shampoo that is formulated for human skin is used on a dog, the dog’s acid mantle will be disrupted, creating an environment where bacteria, parasites, and viruses can run rampant. Unknowingly, many pet owners will repeat washings of their dogs because of the smell caused by a proliferation of bacteria, making the problem worse as the skin’s acid mantle/pH level becomes more imbalanced. Additionally, if the shampoo makes the skin feel dry, your dog will scratch at its skin, creating abrasions for bacteria to invade. It quickly becomes a vicious cycle…”


What Dog Shampoos Should I Use for Chihuahuas

There are many dog shampoos in the market formulated for dog’s skin requirements and they usually have ingredients to protect your dog’s skin condition. Some of the products are also in a tear-free formula that will make your dogs more comfortable without tears during bath.

Below is a list of popular dog shampoos that we recommend (not in priority).

1. Cloud Star’s Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo

2. 8 in 1 Perfect Coat Natural Oatmeal Shampoo for Dogs

3. Earthbath All Natural Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo

4. Synergy Groomer’s Blend Pet Shampoo

5. Pet Head Fears for Tears Tearless Shampoo

You shall do your research on the product specifications or consult your vet if there is any specific dog’s skin issue you need to address.